WITH A THATCHED roof, mature gardens and a charming wooden front door, River Cottage looks as if it has come straight out of a fairytale.
Located a short drive from Trim in Umberstown, Co Meath, the original house on the site was built in the 1770s and remained as such until the early 1900s, when it was rebuilt to its current form.
Today, the two-bed cottage measures 915 sq ft, including a light-filled conservatory to the rear. It has benefited from numerous updates over the years, including the addition of a condensing boiler, a water softener and a modern sewage treatment system, while the roof was re-thatched in the mid 1990s.
Stepping inside, the charm and character of the cottage can be felt from the moment you step through the front door. The porch leads straight into the kitchen, which is surprisingly modern. Wall and floor units provide ample storage space, while there’s also a Belfast sink, a water filtration system and integrated appliances.
Tongue and groove wooden ceilings, white washed walls and tiled floors throughout the ground floor add to the countryside feel. The sitting room is accessed via the kitchen, with a feature cast iron fireplace and wood burning stove in here, making for the perfect spot to hunker down on cold winter nights.
The sitting room opens into the bright and airy conservatory, where picture windows and double glass doors provide views of the rear garden. There’s built-in seating on the patio, while the rest of the gardens are made up primarily of lawn.
Unused stone from construction has been repurposed to create the flower beds, while those with green fingers can put them to work in the glasshouse. Mature trees and shrubs add a sense of privacy, with views of the countryside into the distance.
There’s plenty of parking on the cobblelock patio to the front, while a large shed to the rear provides external storage space.
Moving back inside, the bathroom is on the ground floor, with neutral tiling, a bath and a corner power shower here.
Both double bedrooms are spacious and are located on the first floor. The rooms are interconnected, while the staircase leads directly into one of the bedrooms.
Surrounded by the quiet Meath countryside, River Cottage is a five-minute drive from Trim. For commuters, the journey to Dublin city on the M3 or M50 will take about an hour.
With picturesque gardens, an enchanting exterior and a charming interior, River Cottage ticks all of the boxes for those looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.